It's been quite a week. Recovering from a wild and wonderful Common Ground Fair weekend. My kiddos were all sick (back to school for the first time immunity kind of thing, I presume). The news (I don't even know where to start there). An anniversary to celebrate. Work. Life. So full and then even more full. But this week we added some sweetness, some sweetness in the form of Sonny Soule. He's the new English Shepherd puppy that joined our family - a thirteenth birthday gift to Adelaide. I would say I'm not in the habit of gifting animals to children because it's a bad idea, but then my very own children would remind me that Adelaide got a cat for her fifth birthday, a duck for her sixth, and two goats for her seventh. So I'd be a liar. But to be fair, this girl of mine has been asking for a puppy of her own for two years and Steve and have been so strongly resisting. But....she found herself some dog walking gigs and saved every single penny of her earnings - enough for food and vet visits and a ridiculous amount of dog toys she has earmarked for the foreseeable future. And then she proved herself responsible enough by doing the daily animal chores on the farm without being asked for a solid year. And then, well, we found ourselves with nothing left to say but yes. And so we surprised her on her birthday with the announcement. The joy was magnified by the fact that her best friend got a pup from the same litter. 13 year old dream come true, that is.
Sonny, well he's a gem. He was the largest of the litter - one we're told who liked to hang out by the food bowl most of all during his first eight weeks. He's kind of bumbly and mellow and funny and fabulous and we already all love him so. Even Greta, who is tolerating his puppy antics with a great deal of patience, bless her. But of course, no one is happier than my girl Adelaide. She's doing this all on her own, dear one, waking up in the middle of the night for puppy breaks (I keep joking that it must be like having a night nanny for a newborn - I'm not tired at all!), and training and loving up this pup. She's a good Mama to him, and I'm so very proud of her.